Where’s my refund?

Where’s my refund 2022 – Track your tax return and refund status

It is exciting to know that you will be receiving a refund after filing your federal income tax return. How long do you have to wait before receiving your money? How quickly you receive your tax refund depends on:

  • when you file 
  • how you file, 
  • how you choose to receive your money, and 
  • whether you claim certain credits and deductions. 

Usually, the IRS issues most tax refunds within 21 days of filing online or six weeks of mailing your paper return. After your e-filed return for the current year has been accepted, you can use a tool to help you track your IRS refund. It provides a refund date once the IRS processes your tax return and approves your tax refund.

This refund tracker’s name is: Where’s my refund, if you are on a smartphone you can use the IRS2GO mobile app.

How to check IRS refund status?

To check the status of your IRS refund, you need these specific information: 

     1 – Your social security number or ITIN shown on your tax return.

     2 – Your filing status – It could be Single, Married-filing joiny return, Married-filling separate return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er) 

     3 – Your exact refund amount – Providing the whole dollar amount is essential to receiving the correct response.

Important facts about where is my refund:

  • Check if it is at least 24 hours after e-filing 
  • Expect delays if you mailed your return or responded to an IRS notice
  • IRS updates refund status daily, usually overnight
  • The tool now provides refund information for the three most recent tax years. It is also available in Spanish

After correctly entering your information in where is my refund, a new page will open that shows your tax refund status. A progress bar with the three following messages indicates your tax return status.

  • Received: The IRS now has your tax return and is working to process it.
  • Approved: Return has been processed and refund amount confirmed.
  • Sent: The money is on its way to your bank or as a paper check to your mailbox.
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Your Tax Return is still being processed

If you see “Your tax return is still being processed” while checking your refund status, don’t panic! The date you get your federal tax refund depends on how you filed your return. The IRS states that some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

  • Includes errors
  • Is incomplete
  • Is affected by identity theft or fraud
  • Contains a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Involves a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
  • Needs further review in general

If you submitted your federal tax return by mail, the IRS says it could take six to eight weeks for your tax refund to arrive. The Internal Revenue Service will contact you by mail when they need more information to process your return.

Don’t file a second tax return. If you’re due a refund from your tax return, you should wait to get it before filing Form 1040-X to amend your original tax return.

When should you Call the IRS to check my refund?

You should call us only if:

  • It’s been 21 days or more since you e-filed
  • It’s been more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return
  • The IRS check my refund tool says: “we can provide more information to you over the phone”.

Follow these tips to cut your wait time and talk to a live person at the IRS.

Will the tool give me my IRS amended return status?

No, Wheres my refund will not give you information about amended tax returns. Where’s My Amended Return will let you know the status of your IRS amended return. Calling about wheres my amended return? Remember that IRS phone and walk-in representatives can only give you information about your amended return 16 weeks or more after its mailing. If your concern is about: “where’s my refund state”, verify with your state for specific information.

Will the tool give me my stimulus check status?

No, Wheres my refund will not give you information about stimulus check status. Get My Payment will let you know the status of your third Economic Impact Payment. The first and second stimulus checks no longer appear in Get My Payment.

To find the amounts of these stimulus checks, view or create your online account. You can also refer to Notice 1444 for the first payment and Notice 1444-B for the second stimulus check. The IRS mailed these notices to the address on file.